These suggestions may help men avoid sexual problems:
Don't smoke; control your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and medical conditions such as diabetes. These factors can influence blood flow throughout the body and to the penis.
Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs that can lessen sexual desire or impair your performance.
Discuss side effects of medications with your health care provider or pharmacist. If medicine is to blame for your sexual problems, an alternative with fewer sexual effects may be available. Never change your medications without your doctor's approval and guidance.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium
. It has often been called "the great imitator," because so many of the signs and symptoms of syphilis are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.